Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Strangers (2008)

Director: Bryan Bertino. Cast: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman. 88 min. Rated R/Unrated. Horror.

Opens as one of the best horror movies of all time, then trends towards one of the worst ever. A young couple are terrorized in their isolated summer house by three masked intruders, and the rest is an avalanche of moments from other horror classics (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's opening scroll, The Shining's axe attack, Halloween's hide-in-a-closet, Scream's mask-behind-a-window, to name a few) . Protagonists make the most cliche/idiotic decisions, and villains perform disappearing/reappearing acts that are physically impossible. Merely saw it because Entertainment Weekly readers ranked it as the fourth scariest movie of the past decade. Losers.

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